League Report Week 3 - 10/10/2016

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John Metcalfe
Thu 20 Oct '16 @ 4:51pm

Premier Division

Hoath B were the home team for their derby match against club-mates Hoath C. The ‘B’ team won this encounter 7-2, but their opposition provided some stiff resistance, with 5 games, including the doubles, going the distance, and 3 more going to 4 legs. Simon Hillier and Mike Chapman for Hoath B, both won 2 each, and David Jeavons, in maintaining his 100% record, gave the victors a further 3 points. Mike Howard fought hard to earn Hoath C’s 2 points, and then Hoath B found themselves pushed to the limit for a 3-2 win in the closing doubles match.
With 3 clean wins, Ron Rowley set the precedence for Herne Bay A as they inflicted a 9-0 whitewash over their guests, Heron B. A further 3 wins each for Peter Roberts and Andy Cannon ensured a convincing victory for the Herne Bay squad their opponents. John Glass, Peter Chapman and Arthur Martin for the Herons, had no answer to the superiority of the home team, but a 3-0 doubles result provided some consolation for their singles loss.
Chestfield Warriors 1 had to rely on Alan Taylor continuing his unbeaten record for their 3 points against league leaders Iron Room A, who managed a fine 6-3 away win at the Warriors club. With Dale Ballard and Joe Britnall unable to contribute any more for the Warriors, Iron Room’s Phil Morford, Phil Saxby and Kevin Powell did well to win 2 matches apiece for their 6 points. The Iron Room squad then backed up their singles win with a good 3-0 doubles triumph in the closing game of the evening.
After welcoming Heron A to their venue, Faversham A then set about systematically overwhelming their guests, as, with 3 superb wins, Harry Law set up a 7-2 victory, supported by 2 more wins each from Nicolas Waters and Allen Crowe. Roger Pingram for Heron, provided the only opposition with 2 clean wins over Nicolas and Allen, but Dave Emery and Dianne Pearce were unable to add any more. Notwithstanding the singles result however, Heron then came back strongly to surprise their hosts with an excellent 3-2 victory in the doubles.

Division 1

A convincing all-round team performance after a long night’s table tennis, earned Chestfield Warriors 4 a very pleasing 6-3 win over a visiting Whitstable Natives A. Denis Cannon, Kell Davies and John Wickings all had 2 wins apiece, ensuring the Warriors 6 points, but not after six singles games, and the doubles, all went to 5 legs. For the Natives, Barrie Thomas’ 2 wins went to the wire as did Adam Goodall’s win over Denis. Putting their singles loss behind them, Natives retaliated by edging a 3-2 win in a very close doubles match.
After their disappointing loss in the previous week, Herne Bay C bounced back positively with a satisfying 6-3 result in their club derby match against Herne Bay D. Once again, 3 clean wins from Bob Edwards dictated the outcome of this match, with 2 more coming from Steve Furber, and 1 by Stan Truckell. Keith Blackmore, Chris Howard and Paul Bee all had a creditable win each for Herne Bay D’s 3 points, and, after losing the first 2 legs in the doubles, fought back to 2-2, only to fail in the fifth, giving Bay C a 3-2 doubles win.
Another long evening’s table tennis developed when Iron Room B hosted their match against fellow club-mates Iron Room C. It was nip and tuck all through the singles games which the home team finally edged 5-4, due mainly to an unbeaten treble by M. Holiday. Steve Bispham and Kevin Beasley both added 1 more win, giving Iron Room B a match winning 5 points. Again, 5 singles matches needed 5 legs to determine a result, with 2 more going to 4. Peter Coles (2) and Geoff Jordan (2) provided 4 points for Iron Room C in a contest where all the singles matches could have gone either way. Despite their singes disappointment, Iron Room C fought their way back to record a superb 3-2 doubles result.
After carrying a 100% record throughout division 2 in the previous season, Paul Whittaker stepped up to division 1 and carried on where he left off. His 3 clean wins helped to provide Chestfield Warriors 2 with a 6-3 win over visiting rivals, Faversham B. Ricky Kay contributed 2 more to the Warriors points total, with Malcom Peaks winning the 6th. Callum McDonagh had 2 excellent wins against Ricky and Malcom, and with a win by Matthew Waters, the Faversham team earned their 3 points. The closing doubles match was a close affair, just edged by the triumphant Warriors , 3-2.
Fielding only 2 players against a strong Chestfield Warriors 3 team was not the best tactic, as the home team, Choughs B found to their cost. Russell Swain earned Choughs 2 points, with excellent wins over the Warriors’ Dirk Froebrich and Adam Dyer. However, the visitors took advantage of the 3 gifted points as Paul Davies won all his games, and together with a win each by Adam and Dirk over Pavel Franek, closed the contest with a 7-2 singles win, to which they then added a closely contested 3-0 doubles game.

Division 2

Herne Bay G and Whitstable Natives B fought out one of the closest matches of the week’s fixtures. Natives B came back 3 times to keep the scores level throughout, and with the score at 4-4 after 8 singles games, Herne Bay G had Danny Reardon to thank when he won his 2nd singles game, the final game of the match, giving his Herne Bay team a 5-4 home win. Simon Chambers contributed 2 more and Al Parkes 1, for the Bay’s 5 point total. For the losing Natives, Tony Causer maintained his 100% record, his 3 wins, plus 1 by Keith Garrad made up their 4 points. However, the doubles was a different proposition, as the Natives eased to a pleasing 3-1 victory.
Keith Ackland and Kevin West, with 3 wins apiece, plus a further 2 from Dave Mason ensured a convincing 8-1 home win for Blean B over their guests, Choughs C, whose only point came from Andrey Kovalenko who had a fine win against Dave, thus staving off a whitewash. However, the Choughs team could do nothing to stop Blean winning a tough 3-0 doubles match. Relegated from division 1 last season, Herne Bay E showed their determination to return to the next flight, overwhelming their visitors with an 8-1 home win over Chestfield Warriors 7 thus retaining their current 2nd spot in division 2. Giulio Guariglia (3), Steve Richardson, (3) and Frank Carlucci (2) were responsible for the win, with Linda Wickings (1) saving the whitewash for the visitors, beating Frank 3-0, but the Warriors then lost out in a 3-0 doubles defeat.
League leaders Blean A, unbeaten in the league so far, consolidated their top spot with a convincing 8-1 away win at Chestfield Warriors 5, to remain 12 points ahead of their nearest rivals. Tom Kwok won his 3 games without conceding a leg, Crystal Tseng added 3 more, and Rob Easton 2, for their 8 points. A modicum of resistance came from John Metcalfe, with a satisfying 3-0 win over Rob for the Warriors 1 point, but Blean rounded off their successful evening with a 3-1 doubles triumph.

Division 3

In a tight club derby match, Chestfield Warriors 12 were pushed to the limit in order to edge a 5-4 home win over Chestfield Warriors 11. 2 wins each for Lewis Marsh and Rowan Brough, plus 1 by George Marsh gave Warriors 12 the necessary 5 points for the win, but 3 wins by an unbeaten Stuart Murray-Williams and 1 by Paul Anthony gave Warriors 11 a hard earned 4 points, who then avenged themselves with a 3-2 doubles win.
Derek Whidett led the way to a 5-4 win for Blean C when they hosted their match against Chestfield Warriors 8. His 3 wins, plus 1 each from Peter Cole and Alan Dilnot gave them the victory, but not before encountering some stern opposition from Caroline Hanson (2) and Bill Hackney (2) for the visitors, who got sweet revenge with a 3-2 doubles result.
A battle royal developed in the club derby match between Herne Bay I and Herne Bay H. 3-0 down after the first 3 games, Bay H then won 4 of the next 5, to level the score at 4-4 after 8. However, in the final singles game, Colin Chaston (2) just pinched a 3-2 win over Josie Prowse to give Bay I a well earned 5-4 win. Dave Goddard (2) and Chris Near (1) were the other points winners for Herne Bay I, with Paul Messenger (2) and Gerry Allan (2) earning 4 points for Bay H, who recovered and struck back to win the doubles 3-1.
Chris Near was back in action again, this time for Herne Bay J as they faced the challenge of their guests Faversham D. He contributed 2 wins to the Bay’s 4 points, with a further point each coming from Mick Barwick and William Hu. Alan Culver’s 3 wins, plus 2 from Colin Floodgate for Faversham was enough to give them a 5-4 away win, to which they added a 3-2 doubles result.
Chestfield Warriors 10 completely swamped their visiting opposition, Herne Bay K, who could only manage to win one leg throughout the whole singles match. Tim Platt and Peter McCaig, both with 3 clean wins, and 3 from Bernard Ebeck gave the Warriors a comfortable 9-0 win over Josie Prowse, Barbara Ayling and Arnold Bearman for Herne Bay K, whose disappointment was further compounded by a 3-1 defeat in the doubles.

Division 4

The Chestfield Warriors 17 pair, Kenny McCaig and Owen Whatley fell foul of their fellow club-mates Chestfield Warriors 14 who won this match 5-0. Tony Marsh and David Hunnisett for Warriors 14 won all their games, including the match doubles, and then added the competition doubles to their singles win. Owen took a 2-0 lead in his game against David, who then came back strongly to win the next 3 for a 3-2 win.
Jan Aldridge, Jenny Jones and Vivienne Woodward for Chestfield Warriors 13 had no answer to the more experienced Herne Bay L team of Linda Sopp and Val Rankin, who ran out comfortable 5-0 winners without dropping a leg in the singles and match doubles, and then kept a clean sheet with a 3-0 match doubles victory.

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